Farmer Dave gave us the day off to go to the Dutchess County Fair-- one of the oldest & best in the country I hear! It was pretty overwhelming, the number of people there on a Thursday afternoon... so many things going on I don't know where to start: ferris wheels, racing pigs, frisbee-catching dogs, fried dough, arts & crafts, antique farm machines, flower arrangements, jugglers, circuses, polka bands, cows calving, goats milking, sheep shearing, and really cool breeds of chickens!
This is a Jacob's Sheep:
Creative vegetable creatures:
I especially liked this flying squash-dragon.
There were competitions on corn stalks as well as hay & straw:
Next to the giant corn stalks was a tall amaranth stalk, with this sign on it:
One of my favorite parts of the fair was the livestock pavilion. Here you can sit on the bleachers for hours and watch kids & adults of all ages parade their prized animals around while judges hand out ribbons according to the best quality build, and the showmanship of the 4-H'er. It is so fun to watch! The kids are sometimes 10 times smaller than their animal, and it's great to watch the concentration on their faces as they try to steer, pull, push, and pose their huge cow!
These are Brown Swiss cows, a really beautiful breed: